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MISHKA’S GUIDE TO USMLE STEP 1Books Used:Kaplan Lectures and VideosPATHOMABRS PhsyiologyHY NeuroanatomyClinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (CMMRS)First Aid 2013Hello everybody, I would like you to share my experience of how I preparedfor the USMLE Step 1 Exam. In the beginning of my preparation I spend hours ofresearch reading other peoples schedules and experiences and in the end I compiledsomething that worked for me.As an IMG our medical schools have a little different system and we are notwell prepared to do USMLE and for many of us studying for Step 1 is a whole newinformation. Overall my preparation was around 1 year.Before you begin studying for this exam:1)TALK TO YOURSELF. You have to be mentally ready for this andrealize that you going to dedicate A LOT of time in order tosuccessfully pass this exam.2)Make a PLAN. With out a plan you wont be able to track youprogress and it will be easy to loose track of time.I broke down my preparation into 2 Stages.Stage 1- Base Building (9 months)Stage 2- Active Learning (3 months)
Stage 1In this stage you learn everything you will need to know for the exam.First read:(3 months +/- 2 weeks)I started with the basics:Kaplan Anatomy+Videos- 2 weeksKaplan Neuroanatomy+Videos- 1 weekKaplan Biochemistry+Genetics+Videos- 3 weeksKaplan Immunology+Videos-1 weekCMMRS- 1 weekKaplan Physiology+Videos- 2 weeksPATHOMA-3 weeksKaplan pharmacology+ Videos(Sections 1-4 only) 1 weekSecond read: (3 months)Did everything the same except:I changed to FA for Micro because IMO I really think its more then enough.